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Undergraduate Guide to Japanese Studies: Search

Helps students new to conducting research, emphasizing how to find scholarly books and articles on Japan.

Search for Books and Scholarly Articles about Japan:

The Search Bar below will Search Physical and Digital Holding of the University Libraries

OneSearch is the Libraries' Search Engine. It can help you discover books, ebooks, and schoalrly articles that Google cannot provide access to. Your search results will be better if you can understand how to use keywords to get better results.

First, some general rules:

  • You will probably have some bad searches, dead ends, etc.
  • Use keywords relevant to your topic, don't search with sentences
  • Vary your keywords, try different combinations, and do multiple searches
  • Keep track of interesting materials you find as you go.

Example Search: Anime -- Basic Keyword Search (Part 1 of 3)

How to Search Well -- with "Anime" as an Example Topic

You can start with a simple search like "Anime," here are the first 5 results:

Example Search: Anime -- Vary Your Keyword Search, Do Multiple Searches (part 2 of 3)

Slight Changes in the Keywords You Use will Reveal Different Resources

Don't just do one search, do multiple searches: In addition to "anime," you can also search:

  • japan animation
  • japanese animation
  • japan anime characters
  • japaense anime characters

These simple changes give surprisingly different results, here is the first book for each search string above:

Example Search: Anime, part 3 of 3 -- Focus Your Topic

Discover more Specialized Resources as You Build Foundational Knowledge on Your Topic

★ Notice that once you start to do more specific searches, you will start seeing more journal articles.

"Anime" is too broad a topic for doing a research paper. Think about what you would like to focus on, what are you passionate about in addition to anime?

  • Are you an environmental studies major? Research how the environment in portrayed.
  • History majors can investigate how major events depicted.
  • Political science major, how is anime used to satirize and criticize the political establishment (of Japan)?

A simple search like "anime gender" will provide new and interesting results. Even without reading the materials, the search results will provide you with lots of concepts, ideas, and vocabulary to better explore your topic. Below are some examples:

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How do I keep track of the resources I find?

You can use Zotero. It's free software that works with your browser to make tracking your sources and citing them later much easier. Check out the Libraries guide on using Zotero.